I have not been really forced, but you know, if you have 'George' in your band you most likely have to pick a 'John' guitar in order to get that sound. Nobody never really told me "buy this!" but with two gretsces on stage I am not sure we would ever be able to create the last albums' sound. Just this. But you are right, it would have been a BIG red flag! I love the idea of getting a LP Special in TV yellow as a backup for my LP Junior but a gretsch... come on, a gretsch is a thing of beauty!